Updated at 1 p.m.
• The Lewis County Sheriff’s Office reported this morning a residence on the 2600 block of Bennett Road outside Centralia was burglarized of three firearms and other valuables totaling more than $4,000. Also missing are three cloth gun cases, a laptop computer, tax information and $1,900 cash, as well as a Nikon camera and lens, according to the sheriff’s office.
• Sometime between 10 a.m. and 7:45 p.m. on Tuesday someone broke into a home on the 200 block of Holcomb Road south of Chehalis and stole more than $5,000 worth of valuables. Missing was a 22 rifle with scope, keys to a car and house, $150 cash and a wooden jewelry box with its contents, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office.
• A deputy was called about 8 a.m. yesterday to investigate break-ins at two Toledo area restaurants. Nothing appeared to be missing but the entry lock systems were damaged at both Mrs. Beesley’s Burgers and Country Kitchen, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. The sheriff’s office has a suspect, Chief Deputy Stacy Brown said.
• Chehalis police were called just before 5 p.m. yesterday by an individual who said his gray 1999 Volkswagen Jetta disappeared from the 700 block of Southwest Cascade Avenue while it was warming up. The same car apparently had been involved in a hit and run collision 45 minutes earlier at South Pearl and West Pear streets in Centralia, and left its bumper behind, according to the Chehalis Police Department.
• Chehalis police were called about 7:40 a.m. yesterday when a car was discovered missing from the 200 block of Southwest 13th Street. Taken sometime after 7 p.m. on Tuesday was a 1993 four-door Honda Civic described as faded black with chipped paint and a spoiler on its back, according to the Chehalis Police Department.
• A black 1992 Honda Prelude, with purple wheels, was stolen from the 800 block of South Tower Avenue in Centralia sometime between Monday evening and early Tuesday morning, police reported yesterday. The vehicle was locked and no keys were inside, according to the Centralia Police Department. The car has a license plate reading ASJ 7259, according to police.
• A small amount of change was stolen from inside a parked and unoccupied vehicle at the 700 block of Marsh Street in Centralia, according to a report made to police about 12:05 a.m. today.
• Centralia police were called about 8:40 a.m. yesterday regarding a vehicle prowl at the 1400 block of West Main Street. Taken was cash and an identification card, according to the Centralia Police Department.
• Centralia police were called about 8:10 a.m. yesterday to the 200 block of North Pearl Street to take a report of fraudulent activity on a bank account.
• A deputy was called Tuesday afternoon to the 100 block of Harley Road south of Chehalis where an individual said someone had stolen a check from his mailbox, forged his signature and deposited it into a local bank. The loss is $900, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office.
• Officers took a report of a theft of a lock box that contained money and prescriptions from the 1000 block of Scammon Creek Road in Centralia on Tuesday. This case is still under investigation, according to the Centralia Police Department.
• Police were called about 11 a.m. on Tuesday to a business on the 200 block of South Pearl Street in Centralia to take a report that two display signs and a clock were stolen. It is not known when the theft occurred, according to the Centralia Police Department.
STRANGER IN GARAGE
• Centralia police were called about 5:40 a.m. yesterday to the 1500 block of Delaware Avenue where a resident reported they woke up and found a stranger inside their garage. The individual punched the intruder several times and the intruder fled, but officers located their suspect a short distance away and arrested him, according to the Centralia Police Department. The male would not give officers his name and was booked into the Lewis County Jail as John Doe, for trespass and obstructing, according to police.
• A 35-year-old Winlock man was arrested for a violation of the Uniform Controlled Substances Act after he was contacted by a deputy about 1:40 p.m. Tuesday at the 100 block of Brady Lane in Winlock. The deputy was checking on a report of gunfire in the area and pulled into a driveway where one person walked away and the other two people said they had been lighting fireworks, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. After leaving, the deputy realized the person who walked away was present in violation of a no contact order and returned, walked to the rear of the house and located Phillip L. Ray, standing around the corner smiling at him, according to the sheriff’s office. A search incident to his arrest turned up a baggie of suspected methamphetamine, Chief Deputy Stacy Brown said. Ray was booked into the Lewis County Jail. He was charged with possession of meth and attempted tampering with evidence because he allegedly tried to eat the meth, but the deputy was able to get it back from his mouth, according to authorities. Charging documents state that detective Jeremy Almond pulled the baggie from Ray’s pants pocket and set it on the trunk of his car, and while Almond was retrieving a glass pipe from the other pant’s pocket, Ray leaned over and put his mouth on the baggie. “Det. Almond told the defendant not to do that,” prosecutors wrote.
LOST AND FOUND
• Chehalis police were called to the 1600 block of Louisiana Avenue about 3:30 p.m. on Tuesday where a small black bag containing paraphernalia was discovered in the parking lot. It is slated for destruction, according to police.
• An officer was called about 8:35 a.m. yesterday because an elderly man was found sleeping in the doorway of a bank on the 400 block of North Market Boulevard in Chehalis. He was asked to move along, according to the Chehalis Police Department.
ON THE ROAD, OFF THE ROAD
• A 53-year-old woman was transported to the emergency room at Providence Centralia Hospital with a possible neck injury after her Dodge Caravan was struck in its passenger side by a Kenworth dump truck at about 5:45 p.m. yesterday evening at Highway 603 and Avery Road West south of Napavine, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. The van was westbound and stopped at the stop sign but then continued without seeing the southbound truck, according to the sheriff’s office. The van suffered major damage, its driver cited for failure to yield the right of way, Chief Deputy Stacy Brown said.
• A motorist was arrested for driving under the influence and possession of a controlled substance after police responded to an injury collision involving a tree at K and First streets in Centralia at about 9:45 a.m. on Tuesday, according to the Centralia Police Department. Leonardo L. Flores-Suaraz was booked into the Lewis County Jail, according to police. However, prosecutors named the driver 18-year-old Leonardo L. Flores-Martinez from Rochester when they charged him with possession of methamphetamine yesterday in Lewis County Superior Court.
• And as usual, other incidents such as arrests for warrants, fighting in public, driving under the influence, driving with suspend license; responses for alarm, dispute, vandalism, shoplifting, hit and run, suspicious circumstances, misdemeanor domestic assault, collision on city street, failure to return rental item; complaints of aggressive drivers … and more, among 156 calls for local law enforcement and / or fire-emergency medical services in the 24-hour period ending about 6:10 a.m. today.